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Nissan heads into Detroit neighborhoods to help four-legged residents


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The volunteers for Fenton-based Dog Aide spend 65 hours a week in the streets of Detroit helping educate families about responsible dog ownership and provide emergency care to dogs in distress. Nissan North America hopes to help.

untitled“I like this charity. I picked them because their primary purpose is to keep pets in their home,” said Wendy Payne, spokesperson for Nissan.

She has arranged one rescue mission with journalists Michelle Krebs and Todd Lassa and hopes to take a bigger group in spring. They will pack a van full of dog food and head out to target neighborhoods.

Corporate philanthropy reaches deep into the alleys and tenements of the city. When they see a dog shivering in the cold, his paws trapped in ice, empty food bowls and emaciated bodies, they look to help.

The organization provides food, treats, straw, flea medicine, heartworm prevention and medical care to dogs they encounter on daily rides through Detroit. They ring doorbells and talk to owners of challenged pets and try to help them do a better job. That could mean biweekly deliveries of food, and crafting outdoor houses to keep the pet warm.


Unlike many organizations that take dogs away from owners, Dog Aid seeks to educate people on dog care and provide food and shelter to those who can’t afford to do it themselves. In so doing the dog stays with its owners and the owners get the love and protection from their pet.

For those seeking to help the organization, visit

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2 comments on “Nissan heads into Detroit neighborhoods to help four-legged residents

  1. Dogs mean a lot to their owners. These iwners need help to keep their dogs who may be the only companionship and loe the owners get. Dog owners feel great regret and shame if they can't take care of their pets well and that's why this group of concerned workers do such a magnificant job for society. Not everyone can choose between caring for their family members or a dog. There is no choice. This group makes my heart warm and me grateful for their work. Keep on keeping on!

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